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Lemon Fudge Slice

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If a slice recipe contains sweetened condensed milk in the ingredient list then I’m 100% interested in baking it. Recently my boyfriend bought me The Great New Zealand Baking Book filled with tons of Kiwi classics from complete and utter indulgence to healthy twists to usually quite rich recipes all from Kiwi chefs such as Nadia Lim, Niki Bezzant, Dame Alison Holst, Jo Seagar, Julie Le Clerc, Ruth Pretty and Simon Holst just to name a few! I came across the lemon fudge slice within minutes looking through the book and just had to bake it! Lemon fudge has a nostalgic feel to it, something I had a lot growing up and there’s something about two packs of digestive biscuits mixed with condensed milk  and lemon that’s incredibly enticing for me (& hopefully you too)! This recipe is super easy, requires no oven time and tastes amazing! Continue reading “Lemon Fudge Slice”

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THE ULTIMATE VANILLA CUPCAKE RECIPE

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“The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. The earliest documentation of the term cupcake was in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in 1828 in Eliza Leslie‘s Receipts cookbook.” –Wikipedia

Here is my ultimate vanilla cupcake recipe and I’ll tell you why; it’s light with a delicate vanilla flavour, colours evenly, foolproof, pulls away from cases easily making it my go to. Vanilla cupcakes were my first cupcake bake when I was sixteen years old which began my obsession with baking leading me to gain certificates in culinary arts and patisserie (the cupcakes had a cookie monster decoration and looking back they were heinous!!) Vanilla cupcakes are an understated / versatile flavour; you can dress them up with different flavours without making them super rich and heavy like red velvet or chocolate – so pretty perfect for a first time baker to experiment with.  Continue reading “THE ULTIMATE VANILLA CUPCAKE RECIPE”

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WHOOPIE PIES FT. CRUNCHIE BAR BUTTERCREAM

I have always heard of these things called Whoopie pies and after a day of making a similar thing “brownie sandwiches’ in a cakery I decided it was time. I halved Martha Stewart’s basic whoopie pie recipe and a made up buttercream and incorporated some of my leftover crunchie bars (mmm yum) creating something great (modest); Whoopie pies with vanilla buttercream w/ crunchie chunks. The only way I can describe whoopie pies is that they’re like freestanding cupcakes -they’re light, fluffy and have a cake like texture. This was my first time baking them and due to my oven being Satan some of the bottoms (but not all thankfully) burnt – so please be careful! I wouldn’t attempt if your oven doesn’t distribute heat evenly (sooo annoying!!) All though they don’t look particularly fancy they taste almost luxurious and they have the perks/taste of cupcakes without messing around with fancy piping!

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